By Jiuondgie Lyon

SAT Vocabulary 2019

This hot SAT words list is selected from mainstream English medium based on popular topics of 2019. It's an express supplement to prepare SAT test. Each word has examples and contexts, which help very much to master new a word precisely.

We also include SAT vocabulary 2018-2017 in this page to further reference, and add more example sentences originated from classic books.

To meet with diverse requirements to prepare SAT vocabulary, we also recommend below 3 SAT word-lists that help to further your reading and writing vocabulary skill.



abbot   Speak
n. a man who is the head of an abbey of monks
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acutely   Speak
ad. in a way that shows a perceptive understanding or insight
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adage   Speak
n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use
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advert   Speak
n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service
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aggregate   Speak
n. a whole formed by combining several elements
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aggressor   Speak
n. the person who first attacks; the person who begins hostility or a quarrel
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altar   Speak
n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
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anew   Speak
ad. once more; again; in a new and different way
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antipathy   Speak
n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike
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apartheid   Speak
n. a policy or practice of separating or segregating groups
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aquifer   Speak
n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
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arena   Speak
n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events
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aromatic   Speak
a. having a pleasant and distinctive smell
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aspect   Speak
n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region
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assimilate   Speak
v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into
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atrocity   Speak
n. extreme criminality or cruelty; quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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austerity   Speak
n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury
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bead   Speak
n. small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading
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beforehand   Speak
ad. in advance; early; at an earlier or preceding time
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behemoth   Speak
n. something of enormous size or power
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beleaguer   Speak
v. surround with military forces, as with troubles
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blaze   Speak
v. burn fiercely or brightly
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blizzard   Speak
n. a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility
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bombast   Speak
n. high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people
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boost   Speak
v. raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below; assist in further development or progress
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booth   Speak
n. small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others; small stall for the display and sale of goods
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breeze-block   Speak
n. a large, grey brick made from ashes and cement
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burgeon   Speak
v. to develop or grow rapidly
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bursary   Speak
n. treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order; scholarship granted to a university student in need
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buzz   Speak
v. be very excited and happy
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cannibalize   Speak
v. remove parts of machine for use in other similar machines; consume another of one's own type or kind
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capitalist   Speak
n. an investor of capital in business, especially one having a major financial interest in; an important enterprise supporter of capitalism; person of great wealth
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capsize   Speak
v. to cause to overturn (usually a vessel)
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cardiovascular   Speak
a. of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels
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caribou   Speak
n. large reindeer native to northern North America
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cement   Speak
n. a powdery substance, mixed with sand, gravel, and water to make concrete
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chaos   Speak
n. complete disorder and confusion
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coincide   Speak
v. to happen at the same time or during the same period, to occupy exactly the same space
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conceive   Speak
v. to form or develop in the mind
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concoct   Speak
v. prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking; devise, using skill and intelligence
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concubine   Speak
n. in certain societies, such as imperial China, a woman contracted to a man as a secondary wife, often having few legal rights and low social status
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conscientious   Speak
a. thorough, careful, or vigilant; implies a desire to do a task well; characterized by extreme care and great effort
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conspire   Speak
v. make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act
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contain   Speak
v. keep within limits; not to allow to spread
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cordite   Speak
n. a smokeless explosive, used in ammunition
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coronation   Speak
n. act or ceremony of crowning a sovereign or the sovereign's consort; ceremony of installing a new monarch
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coup   Speak
n. a sudden take-over of leadership or power
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crookedness   Speak
n. tortuousness, contortion, tortuosity,
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crouch   Speak
n. adopting a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down
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crowdfund   Speak
v. fund a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people
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crusade   Speak
n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
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cryptography   Speak
n. act or art of writing in code or secret characters; also, secret characters, codes or ciphers, or messages written in a secret code
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custody   Speak
n. protective care or guardianship of someone or something
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daft   Speak
a. mad; crazy; simple; stupid; foolish; gay; playful
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defrock   Speak
v. to deprive of the right to practice a profession, to strip of priestly privileges and functions
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demilitarize   Speak
v. remove or reduce an area's military power
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descend   Speak
v. move from a higher to a lower place; come or go down; arrive or attack in a sudden or an overwhelming manner
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diminish   Speak
v. make smaller or less or to cause to appear so; detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of
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discourse   Speak
n. formal discussion on a topic, either written or spoken
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dither   Speak
v. be indecisive
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doodle   Speak
n. figure, design, or scribble drawn or written absent-mindedly; mindless person
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doom   Speak
v. destine to an unhappy end
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doomsday   Speak
n. judgment day; day of the last judgment; day of death
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dour   Speak
a. hard; inflexible; obstinate; sour in aspect
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drain   Speak
v. deprive of strength or vitality
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dredger   Speak
n. one who fishes with a dredge, which is an instrument used to gather things by dragging
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dynasty   Speak
n. succession of rulers from the same family or line
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earthy   Speak
a. rough, coarse, or plain in taste
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edict   Speak
n. a formal command or order issued by an authority and having the force of law
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elongated   Speak
a. extensive in length; having a length noticeably longer than the width
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emaciation   Speak
n. act of making lean or thin in flesh; state of becoming thin by gradual wasting of flesh
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ember   Speak
n. small, glowing piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire
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emblazon   Speak
v. adorn richly with prominent markings; make illustrious; celebrate
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endowment   Speak
n. funds or property donated to an institution or individual as a source of income
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ensemble   Speak
n. a complete costume of harmonizing, complementary clothing and accessories
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epicentre   Speak
v. the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake
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equine   Speak
a. relating to, or characteristic of a horse
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erudite   Speak
a. having or showing great knowledge or learning
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eschew   Speak
v. avoid, shun
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excursion   Speak
n. movement of something along a path or through an angle
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exemplify   Speak
v. be a typical example of
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ferry   Speak
v. convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water
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foray   Speak
n. sudden raid or military advance; venture or initial attempt, especially outside one's usual area
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fraught   Speak
a. causing or affected by great anxiety or stress
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fume   Speak
v. feel, show, or express great anger
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gargantuan   Speak
a. of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic
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glean   Speak
v. gather grain left behind by reapers; collect bit by bit
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gnaw   Speak
v. bite at or nibble something persistently
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granny   Speak
n. grandmother, grandmother style
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groundscraper   Speak
n. sprawling low-height building or complex
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guillotine   Speak
n. a machine with a heavy blade sliding vertically in grooves, used for beheading people
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hack   Speak
v. gain illegal access to computer or network
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harbinger   Speak
n. One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner
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haunt   Speak
v. visit often; appear to in the form of ghost or other supernatural being; come to the mind of continually
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hide   Speak
n. skin of an animal, especially the thick tough skin or pelt of a large animal
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hosanna   Speak
n. cry of praise or adoration to God; a Hebrew exclamation of praise to the Lord, or an invocation of blessings
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howitzer   Speak
n. a short gun for firing shells at low velocities
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humane   Speak
a. having or showing compassion or benevolence
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humpback   Speak
n. abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column; crooked back or humped back; humpback whale, fish, person
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hype   Speak
v. promote or publicize a product or idea intensively
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incense   Speak
v. cause to be extremely angry; set on fire; cause to burn; inflame; make hot or eager
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infuse   Speak
v. to instill a quality of; add scent or flavor by steeping ingredients in it
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inordinate   Speak
a. unusually or disproportionately large; excessive
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intrepid   Speak
a. fearless, brave, bold
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jacuzzi   Speak
n. a large bath with a system of underwater jets of water to massage the body
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jubilant   Speak
a. joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
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junta   Speak
n. a group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power; small legislative body in a government, especially in Central or South America
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jurisdiction   Speak
n. the right and power to interpret and apply the law; authority or control
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laudable   Speak
a. deserving or worthy of praise and commendation
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ledge   Speak
n. horizontal projection forming a narrow shelf on a wall; cut or projection forming a shelf on a cliff or rock wall
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lineage   Speak
n. lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree
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litigation   Speak
n. a legal proceeding in a court, a lawsuit
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ludicrous   Speak
a. so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous
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lumbering   Speak
a. clumsy, slow, or awkward
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lustre   Speak
n. soft glow, especially that of a partly reflective surface
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maim   Speak
v. to disable or disfigure, usually by depriving of the use of a limb or other body parts
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mammal   Speak
n. any of various warm-blooded vertebrate animals, including humans, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin
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mammon   Speak
n. material wealth regarded as having an evil influence
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man   Speak
v. work at, run, or operate a place or piece of equipment
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manipulate   Speak
v. move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner; tamper with or falsify for personal gain
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measles   Speak
n. an acute and contagious viral disease (usually of childhood), common symptoms include red skin rash, fever, and cough
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mettle   Speak
n. person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation
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mind-blower   Speak
n. one that intensely affects the mind or emotions
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motivate   Speak
v. cause someone to behave in a particular way
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mythos   Speak
n. myth; mythology; story or set of stories having significant truth or meaning for particular culture, religion, or other group
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notch   Speak
v. score or achieve something
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oafish   Speak
a. stupid, uncultured, or clumsy
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obscurity   Speak
n. state of being unknown
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obsession   Speak
n. compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion
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outback   Speak
n. remote rural part of a country especially of Australia or New Zealand
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par   Speak
n. face value of a stock or other security, as distinct from its market value
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paradox   Speak
n. seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true; a statement contrary to received opinion
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parch   Speak
v. make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat
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pavilion   Speak
n. ornate tent; light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter, as at parks or fairs
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pedigree   Speak
n. list of ancestors; family tree
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pervade   Speak
v. to be present throughout, to pass through
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piazza   Speak
n. public square in an Italian town; roofed and arcaded passageway
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platitude   Speak
n. a remark or statement, especially with moral content, that is too often to be interesting
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playoff   Speak
n. additional game or period of play that decides the outcome
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poignant   Speak
a. profoundly moving; touching; agreeably intense or stimulating
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point blank   Speak
a. close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible; so close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it
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ponder   Speak
v. to think deeply and thoroughly
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populism   Speak
n. support for the concerns of ordinary people
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precipitation   Speak
n. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground
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pretrial   Speak
n. a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial
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proletariat   Speak
n. workers or working-class people, regarded collectively
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prominence   Speak
n. something prominent, especially an area of land raised above its surroundings
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propaganda   Speak
n. a set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people
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prowess   Speak
n. superior skill or ability
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pulverize   Speak
v. press or crush something until it becomes powder or a soft mass
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pummel   Speak
v. beat, as with the fists; hit or strike heavily and repeatedly
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purport   Speak
v. appear or claim to be or do something
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quarters   Speak
n. housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families
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reach   Speak
n. a continuous extent of land or water, especially a stretch of river between two bends
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refractory   Speak
a. difficult to work, resistant to treatment, resistant to authority
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rehydrate   Speak
v. restore water that has been removed or lost; moisten something that has dried
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render   Speak
v. give or make available; provide; cause to become
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rendition   Speak
n. performance of a musical or dramatic work; interpretation of a musical score or a dramatic piece
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retardant   Speak
n. an agent that slows down or delays the actions of something
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reversal   Speak
n. a change to an opposite direction, position, or course of action
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rover   Speak
n. crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring planet or stars; pirate vessel
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saga   Speak
n. ancient Scandinavian legend or tradition of considerable length; tale
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scruffy   Speak
a. shabby and untidy or dirty
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scuffle   Speak
n. a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters
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searing   Speak
a. very hot, blistering or boiling
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sermon   Speak
n. religious discourse delivered as part of a church service
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shatter   Speak
v. cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow
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sheik   Speak
n. leader of an Arab village, family or small tribe; islamic religious clergy
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shrug off   Speak
v. to minimize the importance of; get rid of
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siege   Speak
n. a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies
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skivvy   Speak
n. close-fitting, long-sleeved t-shirt with a rolled collar
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slur   Speak
n. allegation about someone to insult others or damage their reputation
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sneak   Speak
v. go or move in a quiet, stealthy way; behave in a cowardly or servile manner
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sonar   Speak
n. a measuring instrument that sends out an acoustic pulse in water and measures distances in terms of the time for the echo of the pulse to return
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sorority   Speak
n. a society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes
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spawn   Speak
v. produce offspring in large numbers; deposit eggs; produce spawn
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spike   Speak
n. a sharp increase in the magnitude or concentration
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spiral   Speak
v. rise or fall with steady acceleration; increase continually
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stagnate   Speak
v. cease activity, flow, or advancement
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Stalin-esque   Speak
n. manner as Stalin; -esque: in the style or manner of
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stamina   Speak
n. physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness, fatigue, or hardship; endurance
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stand a chance   Speak
v. have a prospect of success or survival
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stellar   Speak
a. composed of stars; outstanding, marked by eminence and distinction
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stigma   Speak
n. mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach; small mark or scar
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strangle   Speak
v. cut off the oxygen supply of
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street-boy   Speak
n. mischievous boy, naughty boy
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stump speech   Speak
n. political speech for campaigning
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stunt   Speak
n. difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
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sublime   Speak
a. high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth
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summersault   Speak
n. somersault;leap in which a person turns his heels over his head and lights upon his feet; turning end over end
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susceptible   Speak
a. easily influenced or affected; especially sensitive
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tactile   Speak
a. perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible; used for feeling
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temper   Speak
n. person state of mind being angry or calm
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terrestrial   Speak
a. of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants; living or growing on land; not aquatic
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tick off   Speak
v. sign with a tick; annoy or aggravate
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tome   Speak
n. a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one
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treachery   Speak
n. betrayal of trust; deceptive action or nature
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tremor   Speak
n. an involuntary quivering movement
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trio   Speak
n. a group or set of three
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trot out   Speak
v. bring out and show for inspection or admiration
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tuber   Speak
n. thickened underground part of a stem or rhizome
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tuck   Speak
v. push, fold, or turn so as to hide them or hold them in place
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tundra   Speak
n. treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil
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unchecked   Speak
a. not held in check; unrestrained; not examined for accuracy, efficiency
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utopia   Speak
n. an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect
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verisimilitude   Speak
n. the property of appearing to be true or real
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vibrate   Speak
v. echo, resonate; continue to be heard
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vilification   Speak
n. abusively disparaging speech or writing
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wary   Speak
a. feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems
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watershed   Speak
n. region of land within which water flows down into a specified body; critical point marking a change in course or development
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weapon-wielding   Speak
a. holding weapon in hands and ready to use it
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abdominal  Speak
related to the abdomen or belly, which contains the stomach and bowels
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aberration  Speak
deviation from the proper or expected course; departure from the normal or typical
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abject  Speak
degraded; servile; groveling; despicable
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accolade  Speak
an expression of approval; praise; a special acknowledgment; an award
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accrete  Speak
grow by accumulation or coalescence
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acoustic  Speak
of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound
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acquisition  Speak
the act of acquiring or gaining possession
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acrimony  Speak
animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
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aeronautical  Speak
of or pertaining to the scientific study of flight
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afoul  Speak
in a state of entanglement or conflict with
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algae  Speak
plural of a type of aquatic life form, such as seaweed; any of many aquatic photosynthetic organisms, whose size ranges from a single cell to giant kelps and whose form is very diverse
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algorithm  Speak
precise step-by-step plan for solving a problem
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Americana  Speak
all things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life
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amiable  Speak
Friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable
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amputee  Speak
a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation
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apartheid  Speak
South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.
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arbitrary  Speak
based on individual discretion or judgment; not based on any objective distinction, perhaps even made at random
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asperity  Speak
harshness of manner, roughness
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assail  Speak
to trouble; to attack verbally; to attack violent
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at loggerheads  Speak
engaged in a dispute
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atoll  Speak
a type of island consisting of a ribbon reef that nearly or entirely surrounds a lagoon and supports, in most cases, one to many islets on the reef platform
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aura  Speak
an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something
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austerity  Speak
policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided; severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness
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authoritative  Speak
arising or originating from a figure of authority; highly accurate or definitive
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avalanche  Speak
fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside
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avert  Speak
to turn aside or away
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avid  Speak
having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something

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bailiff  Speak
legal officer to whom some degree of authority
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batter  Speak
hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows
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beefed-up  Speak
made greater or stronger
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benign  Speak
kind, gentle, mild; not posing any serious threat, not particularly aggressive or recurrent
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besiege  Speak
surround with hostile forces; crowd around; cause to feel distressed or worried
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bilateral  Speak
involving both sides equally; having two sides
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blasé  Speak
unimpressed with something because of over-familiarity
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blindside  Speak
to take by surprise
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boisterous  Speak
full of energy; exuberant; noisy
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bolster  Speak
to brace, reinforce, secure, or support
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bombardment  Speak
a continuous attack with shot and shell upon a town, fort, or other position; bombing
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boost  Speak
raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below; increase; raise
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bounty  Speak
liberality in giving; something that is given liberally; goodness, kindness
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brush  Speak
short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience
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buoyant  Speak
light; able to float; not sinking
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cachet  Speak
a mark or quality, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity
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calamity  Speak
an event resulting in great loss
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calibrate  Speak
check or adjust by comparison with a standard; mark the scale of a measuring instrument
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canter  Speak
gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop, consisting of three beats and a "suspension" phase, where there are no feet on the ground
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capitalize  Speak
to use something to one's benefit for advantage
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capitulation  Speak
act of surrendering to an enemy upon stipulated terms
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carcass  Speak
a dead body, especially one slaughtered for food
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cardiovascular  Speak
relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels disease
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cascade  Speak
a small waterfall
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cataract  Speak
disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness
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categorical  Speak
absolute; having no exception
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churlish  Speak
rude, surly, ungracious; stingy or grudging; difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
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circa  Speak
approximately, about; commonly abbreviated ca. -- used especially before dates and numerical measures.
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claustrophobic  Speak
suffering from claustrophobia; being scared of being enclosed in a confined space
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collateral  Speak
guarantee, usually in the form of an asset, for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay
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commentariat  Speak
all commentators of the news media collectively
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confetti  Speak
small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions
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conflate  Speak
to bring things together and fuse them into a single entity; to mix together different elements
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conglomerate  Speak
corporation formed by the combination of several smaller corporations whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity; cluster of many different things
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conjure  Speak
summon up using supernatural power; evoke
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conspiracy  Speak
agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act
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constituency  Speak
district represented by one or more elected officials
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constitute  Speak
give legal or constitutional form to an institution; establish by law

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consumerism  Speak
an attachment to materialistic positions; economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy in the long run
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contrivance  Speak
something overly artful or artificial; a means, such as an elaborate plan or a tool, to accomplish a certain objective
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conveyor  Speak
a person or thing that conveys, transports or delivers
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convoke  Speak
to call together; to cause to assemble for a meeting
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cornerstone  Speak
a fundamental or central component
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cornice  Speak
horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls
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corrugated  Speak
marked with parallel folds, ridges or furrows; bent into regular curved folds or grooves
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cosiness  Speak
quality of being comfortable, pleasant, and warm

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cub  Speak
young of certain animals, such as the bear, wolf, or lion
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culpable  Speak
deserving condemnation, censure or blame, especially as something wrong, harmful or injurious; blameworthy
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daffy  Speak
an informal way of saying crazy
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demarcation  Speak
setting or marking of boundaries or limits
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denude  Speak
strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare
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dereliction  Speak
willful neglect of one's duty; act of abandoning something
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despicable  Speak
deserving hatred and contempt
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deteriorate  Speak
to grow worse, to degenerate
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deteriorating  Speak
getting worse
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discomfit  Speak
to defeat completely,to make perplex or uneasy
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disconfirm  Speak
to establish the falsity of a claim or belief; to show or to tend to show that a theory or hypothesis is not valid.
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disparate  Speak
composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous; essentially different
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downfall  Speak
a loss of power, prosperity, or status

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dupe  Speak
to swindle, deceive, or trick
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eaves  Speak
the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building

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emblematic  Speak
serving as, or relating to a symbol, emblem or illustration of a type
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embroiled  Speak
involved or drawn into a situation
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encrust  Speak
cover something with a hard surface layer

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enmesh  Speak
to tangle or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated, particularly in a mesh or net like manner; to involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult
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ephemeral  Speak
lasting for a short period of time
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epidemic  Speak
a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population
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equinox  Speak
either of the two times during a year when the when the length of day and night are equal; anything equal; an equal measure
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equity  Speak
ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business; ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets
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erudite  Speak
learned, scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from book
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Eurosceptic  Speak
who has doubts of increasing the powers of the European Union
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explicit  Speak
specific, clear, or detailed
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expropriation  Speak
the act of taking an individual's private property for public use
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extant  Speak
currently existing; not having disappeared
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extravaganza  Speak
an elaborate, spectacular entertainment or display; something out of rule, as in music, the drama
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feckless  Speak
without skill, ineffective, incompetent; lacking purpose
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fickle  Speak
changing frequently, especially as regards one's loyalties

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floorwalker  Speak
employee in a large shop (especially a department store) who acts as supervisor to sales staff, and assists customers
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flotilla  Speak
a small fleet, or a fleet of small vessals
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formidable  Speak
arousing fear, dread, or alarm
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framework  Speak
structure for supporting or enclosing something else, a fundamental structure for written work
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frenzy  Speak
a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior

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fret  Speak
be constantly or visibly worried or anxious

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funnel  Speak
to direct (money or resources); to proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel
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furor  Speak
general uproar or commotion; violent anger or frenzy; state of intense excitement
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galaxy  Speak
any of large-scale aggregates of stars, gas, and dust that constitute the universe; assembly of brilliant or distinguished persons or things
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gantry  Speak
a mount for a traveling crane consisting of a large frame to move along a set of tracks; supporting framework for a barrel
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glacier  Speak
large body of ice which flows under its own mass, usually downhill
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graffiti  Speak
any writings or drawings on a surface in a public place, placed there without authorization of the owner of the object on which it is written
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grainy  Speak
resemble grains; granular; coarsely ground or gritty
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grandiose  Speak
impressive or magnificent in appearance or style

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grisly  Speak
horrifyingly repellent; terrifying, gruesome
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groom  Speak
prepare or train someone for a particular purpose or activity

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habitual  Speak
being by force of habit, established by long use
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hairline  Speak
very thin, as thin as a hair
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halibut  Speak
large edible flatfishes, of northern Atlantic or Pacific waters
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hallowed  Speak
worthy of religious veneration,sacrosanct
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harken  Speak
to hark back, to return or revert (to a subject), to allude to, to evoke, to long or pine for (a past event or era)
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hawkish  Speak
supportive of warlike foreign policy; bellicose; inclined toward military action
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hedge fund  Speak
a professionally-managed investment fund that seeks to maximize profits, usually by pursuing unconventional strategies
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hermitage  Speak
place of seclusion; house or dwelling where a hermit lives
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hoax  Speak
a humorous or malicious deception

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holistic  Speak
relating to a study of the whole instead of a separation into parts
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hydraulic  Speak
of, involving, moved by, or operated by a fluid, especially water, under pressure
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hype  Speak
excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion; something deliberately misleading
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illicit  Speak
not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful
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imitate  Speak
use or follow as a model; copy exactly; reproduce
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impassion  Speak
make passionate

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impound  Speak
to seize and retain in legal custody
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impropriety  Speak
condition of being improper; improper act or language
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inaugural  Speak
speech given by a person being formally inducted into office
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indictment  Speak
a formal accusation
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ingrain  Speak
to infix deeply, to work into the natural texture or into the mental or moral constitution of; to stain; to saturate; to imbue
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injunction  Speak
process, granted by a court whereby a party is required to do or to refrain from doing certain acts; a command
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insolvency  Speak
the condition of one who is unable to pay his debts as they fall due, or in the usual course of trade and business
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instigate  Speak
stimulate to an action, urge, goad on
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insurgency  Speak
rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent
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insurmountable  Speak
incapable of being passed over or or overcome
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interstellar  Speak
between the stars; among the stars
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intractable  Speak
not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable
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introspection  Speak
the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; reflection
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jettison  Speak
throw as from an airplane; to discard something as if it is defective
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juggernaut  Speak
an overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path
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kingpin  Speak
the most important person in a group or undertaking; bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
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laceration  Speak
jagged wound or cut; irregular open wound caused by a blunt impact to soft tissue
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lacklustre  Speak
having no shine; lacking brilliance or intelligence
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lambaste  Speak
scold, reprimand or criticize harshly; to give a thrashing to; to beat severely
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lantern  Speak
portable case with transparent or translucent sides for holding and protecting a light; decorative casing for a light, often of paper
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larcenist  Speak
thief; one who commits larceny(theft)
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leaven  Speak
to cause to rise
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lend a hand  Speak
to be of assistance
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levy  Speak
impose tax or fine to collect monies
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lily  Speak
any of various plants of the genus Lilium, having variously colored, often trumpet-shaped flowers
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linchpin  Speak
a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation; a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
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litmus test  Speak
a test in which a single factor is decisive; an instrument that is used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable
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lodestar  Speak
a star used as a navigation reference, particularly a pole star such as Polaris; a guiding tenet or principle.
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magnate  Speak
powerful industrialist; captain of industry; a person of rank, influence or distinction in any sphere
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magnitude  Speak
the absolute or relative size; extent or importance of something
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malaise  Speak
feeling of discomfort or unpleasantness, often due to illness; feeling of depression
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malodorous  Speak
having a bad odor, having an offensive smell
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menace  Speak
perceived threat or danger
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meritocracy  Speak
rule by merit, and talent; often used to describe a type of society where wealth, income, and social status are assigned through competition
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mesmerize  Speak
to spellbind; to enthral
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meteorite  Speak
stony or metallic mass of matter that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space
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militant  Speak
a fighting or aggressive person or party
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mitigation  Speak
alleviation; relief; abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe etc
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modus operandi  Speak
normal mode of operation; known criminal's established habits and mode of work when committing specific offences
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morass  Speak
something that hinders or overwhelms; low-lying, soggy ground
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mortality  Speak
death, especially on a large scale

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mortar  Speak
muzzle-loading, indirect fire weapon with a tube length of 10 to 20 calibers and designed to lob shells at very steep trajectories
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neonate  Speak
newborn infant; recently born baby
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nix  Speak
put an end to, cancel

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Nordic  Speak
of or relating to Scandinavia, a region in Northern Europe that includes Norway, Denmark and Sweden
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observance  Speak
the act of complying with a custom or rule
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obsolescence  Speak
state of being no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected
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onslaught  Speak
violent attack; sudden and severe onset of trouble
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opprobrium  Speak
cause of shame or disgrace; disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; scornful reproach or contempt
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orchestrate  Speak
arrange or direct diverse elements to achieve a desired effect
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overture  Speak
act or offer that indicates readiness to perform an action or open new relationship
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palpable  Speak
capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible; obvious or easily noticeable.
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parable  Speak
short story illustrating a lesson
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parapet  Speak
low retaining wall; part of a perimeter that extends above the roof; a fortification consisting of a wall
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paratroop  Speak
a company of soldiers who are trained to enter combat zones by parachuting from aircraft
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parlay  Speak
convert into something better; carry forward the stake and winnings from a bet onto a subsequent wager
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pedagogical  Speak
of or relating to teaching and education
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peddler  Speak
one who deals in or promotes something intangible

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pepper  Speak
to be covered with lots of (something made up of small things); to add (something) at frequent intervals
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peremptory  Speak
insisting on immediate attention or obedience;
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permaculture  Speak
system of sustainable agriculture that renews natural resources and enriches local ecosystems
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persist  Speak
to go on stubbornly or resolutely, to continue
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persona  Speak
the role that someone assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, distinguished from the inner self
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photon  Speak
a particle representing a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation

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pirouette  Speak
to perform a whirl on the toes, like a dancer, usually in ballet
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plausible  Speak
seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible
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plexus  Speak
a network or interwoven mass, especially (anatomy) of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
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poignancy  Speak
quality of being sharp, keen; quality of evoking strong mental sensation or sharp pain
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procure  Speak
yo acquire or obtain an item or service, sometimes rare, usually by extra effort
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profess  Speak
to declare openly
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prominence  Speak
state of being widely known or eminent; relative importance
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prone  Speak
lying with the front or face downward
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prosaic  Speak
straight-forward; plain and simple to the point of boring
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protean  Speak
exceedingly variable; readily taking on different shapes or forms
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protocol  Speak
a code of correct conduct; first copy of a treaty or other such document
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quintessential  Speak
having properties of being the most perfect example of its type or the most perfect embodiment of something
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raft  Speak
a large but unspecified number
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rag-tag  Speak
made up of different people or things and not organized well
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ramshackle  Speak
in disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles
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ravenous  Speak
very hungry
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ream  Speak
an abstract large amount of something; a bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually containing 500 sheets
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reconciliation  Speak
renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity; getting two things to correspond
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reconnaissance  Speak
inspection or exploration of an area, especially one made to gather military information
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rekindle  Speak
revive or renew; inflame again; rouse anew
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remittance  Speak
payment to a remote recipient; sending of money to someone far away
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repatriate  Speak
restore a person to his or her own country
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repertory  Speak
a place where a stock of things is kept, like a storehouse or a repository
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resumption  Speak
the act of resuming or starting something again
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resurgent  Speak
rising again; undergoing a resurgence; experiencing renewed vigor or vitality
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revel  Speak
take great pleasure or delight
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ribald  Speak
coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous; obscene; filthy
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rout  Speak
disturbance; tumult; a loud noise
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sabotage  Speak
to destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful
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sanctity  Speak
the condition of being considered sacred or inviolable
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sanitation  Speak
practical application of knowledge and science to the preservation of health
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sapphire  Speak
a transparent precious stone, typically blue

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schadenfreude  Speak
pleasure in another person's misfortune
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schizophrenia  Speak
any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language
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scorpion  Speak
a small creature similar to an insect that lives in hot, dry areas of the world and has a long body and a curved tail with a poisonous sting

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scrabble  Speak
move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws; to scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws
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secular  Speak
not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body
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self-contained  Speak
complete, or having all that is needed, in itself

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self-deprecating  Speak
expressing disapproval or being critical of oneself; aware of your own shortcomings
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sensational  Speak
intended to arouse strong curiosity, interest, or reaction, especially by exaggeration of details
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serrated  Speak
saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections
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shrapnel  Speak
fragments from an exploded artillery shell, mine, or bomb
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snafu  Speak
a chaotic or confusing situation
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spawn  Speak
produce or deposit eggs, as fishes; bring forth, generate
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sphinx  Speak
mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of an animal
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spoof  Speak
imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect.

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sporadic  Speak
rare and scattered in occurrence, exhibiting random behavior; patternless
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spurn  Speak
reject with disdain or contempt
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squirmy  Speak
twisting about in a wriggling, snakelike motion
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stall  Speak
halt the motion or progress of; bring to a standstill; stick fast in mud or snow
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stalwart  Speak
one who firmly supports a cause; one who is strongly built
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statutory  Speak
relating to, enacted or regulated by a statute or authority
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stewardship  Speak
office or rank of one who manages another's property and affairs
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stigmatize  Speak
to characterize as disgraceful or ignominious; to mark with a stigma or stigmata
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stoke  Speak
add coal or other solid fuel to a fire, furnace, or boiler

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strain  Speak
kind or sort; a particular breed or race of animal, microbe etc
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suave  Speak
smoothly agreeable and courteous; charming, confident and elegant
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sumptuous  Speak
appearance of being splendid, expensive or grand
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superstardom  Speak
status or position of a superstar
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supplant  Speak
to take the place of; to replace, to supersede
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swath  Speak
a broad sweep or expanse
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swoop  Speak
move rapidly downward through the air

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taint  Speak
to infect or contaminate
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thoroughbred  Speak
any of a breed of horses, bred chiefly for racing; well-bred person
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thruster  Speak
device for propelling an object, especially a spacecraft or a ship; one who intrudes or pushes himself forward
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touchline  Speak
sidelines bordering the playing field in soccer and Rugby
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tout  Speak
promote or praise energetically; publicize; solicit customers, votes, or patronage
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transient  Speak
remaining only for a brief time
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tricolor  Speak
a flag having three colors
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ubiquitous  Speak
existing and being everywhere; omnipresent
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unassailable  Speak
secure against attack, impregnable; undeniable, incontestable or incontrovertible
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unequivocal  Speak
unambiguous; without equivocation or ambiguity; singularly clear, unmistakable, or unquestionable
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vacate  Speak
to empty of occupants or incumbents
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vantage  Speak
a place or position that gives a good view; advantage
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verbiage  Speak
overabundance of words; using too many words without necessity
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vigilant  Speak
attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful
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viral  Speak
spread by word of mouth, with minimal intervention in order to create buzz and interest; caused by a virus
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virulent  Speak
highly infectious, malignant, or deadly
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wrest  Speak
obtain by pulling or violent force; to seize; to pull or twist violently
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yardage  Speak
measurement or amount in yards; use or convenience of a yard or inclosure, as in receiving, lading, or unlading cattle, etc., from railroad-cars
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